4 thoughts on “Why is it OK to broadcast terrorist propaganda but not taxpayer-funded media?

  1. The semantics of your useage of the word “terrorist” etc is QUITE loaded, and pales in comparison to our terroristic carpet bombing of THE CIVILIAN CITY of Baghdad Iraq at the beginning of our illegitimate war on Iraq.To wit: Western Jihad: Yes, We Have Suicide Bombers, Too, We Just Call Them ‘Heroes’ (5 pages, John Feffer, FPIF & IPS, via Alternet)
    Happy “Hiroshima Day”.
    The crew of the Enola Gay were ‘heroes’, not ‘terrorists’ too, in America’s collective ‘mind’, as well as the aviators who firebombed Dresden Germany and any number of other strategic targets during WWII.

  2. The problem with the small community radio station in Minnesota is, as we used to say in the Army, “it’s easier to get forgiveness than it is permission.” They can rebroadcast it. They just can’t get VOA to help them.Witness WFED (AM) in Washington, DC (see http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?sid=1551764&nid=94 ). On Tuesday – Thursday at 11:30 a.m. they are rebroadcasting VOA’s “Issues in the News” — perfectly legitimate because they didn’t ask VOA for help (I don’t think).
    Located on the voanews.com web site at http://www.voanews.com/english/disclaim.cfm are the following statements:
    1. You are welcome to use any material that is published by voanews.com, or you may link to any of the web pages that Voice of America has published on the internet. There is no need to request further permission. Should you wish to establish a link to any VOA web pages, please send your request to askvoa@voanews.com. Credit for any use of VOA material should be given to voanews.com, Voice of America, or VOA, and we ask that you not abridge or edit any VOA material which you may use.
    2. All text, audio and video material produced exclusively by the Voice of America is public domain. However, some images and graphics are licensed for use and covered by all applicable copyright laws. See below for Specific Restrictions.
    I know that in the past KCRW (FM) on the west coast repurposed VOA content. I remember seeing it on their schedule. Also, when WUST (AM) in Washington, DC started broadcasting foreign language content they were able to unencrypt VOA’s digital satellite signal and they retransmitted several of our language services.
    If you’re interested in pursuing the study of what WUST (AM) did, I do have a point of contact for you.
    Also, if you are looking for documentation in support of modifying Smith-Mundt to specifically allow VOA transmission within the confines of the Continental United States, I have collected data from broadcast industry experts as part of my doctoral dissertation stating that there is a NEED for VOA content in the U.S.

  3. This is not rare to see as political interests hiding behind. VOA is one of the central medias serving the political goals in America and likewise I’ve also read articles about such medias in other countries of the world. To me the powerful people decide everything what to broadcast if this relates to politics.

  4. I knew of the federal statute banning broadcasting of VOA news and programming inside the US.__________________
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